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    I'm looking for any available info on this beautiful animal. Almost all the care sheets out there are blank. I've been working with the info posted on the tokay as a baseline but I was hoping I could get more detail from you guys that have them. Stuff like personality, breeding info, morphs if possible - there seems to be some range in eye color - any housing specifics that might differ from the tokay.

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    This is a care sheet from LLLREPTILES. There aren't that many care sheets out there for this type of gecko.


    Green Eye Gecko
    Common Group: GECKOS
    Common Name: Green Eye Gecko, Smith's Green Eyed Gecko, Large Forest Gecko
    Scientific Name: Gekko smithii
    Distribution: Thailand & Burma
    Size: 8" - 10"
    Natural habitat
    This arboreal gecko occupies tropical rain forests of Thailand and Burma. When kept in captivity, the adults will require a 20 gallon size enclosure.

    Behavior
    Males can become territorial, separate from other males. Hyperactive and hard to hold. Usually tame but frequent handling will stress the animal.

    Captive environment
    Use full spectrum lighting 12-14 hours per day. Provide a basking area with access to a cooler zone. Provide several climbing areas on branches, logs, & plants.

    Temperature
    Maintain day temperature range between 80-88 degrees F. Maintain night temperature range between 72-76 degrees F.

    Humidity
    This species requires moderate levels of humidity.

    Water requirements
    Provide a large shallow bowl for drinking and soaking. Mist the enclosure daily for moisture and high humidity.

    Nutritional requirements
    This species is a carnivore (meat eater). Primary food is crickets. Always offer variety for proper nutrition. Dust food with calcium & vitamins. Eats variety of larger worms (earthworms, meal/wax worms).

    Try also asking this question on geckos etc and Yahoo Answers. All I really know about this gecko is that it is arboreal and that you could actually use the care sheet for a crested gecko to keep these guys. They basically require the same care. They both look quite similar, they are both arboreal, they both need a vertical tank for climbing, they both need high humidity levels, they both need the same levels of temperature, they both need lots plants and wood, they both need calcium a and multivitamins and they both eat crickets.

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    I've seen this care sheet. It's probably the only one out there at all, the others are listed but blank. I'm seeing way too many things on this one I'd consider inaccurate. Right off the bat, The Reptile Database has these guys as up to 14 inches long not 10. Full spectrum lighting seems unnecessary since they're nocturnal, and a 20 gallon tank seems too small to me.

    I've been looking at Tokay stuff since they're both Genus Gekko and from Thailand but I was hoping for more hands-on details.

    Edit: thanks for the suggestion for other sites

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    They thrive well in a similar setup as tokays but prefer a constantly higher humidity. Normally, they are quite secretive, but dominant captive bred males can be seen often sitting in prominent places in their territory. I would not go below a 65g tall and recommend a 100g tall or larger. Currently, G smithii still is underresearched by taxonomists. Probably, it consists of several species. Most imports are either from Malaysia or from Indonesia. Indonesian smithii typically are smaller than tokays, while malaysian specimens can be significantly larger-or better longer, since they always stay slimmer than tokays. Also both morphs differ with respect to the loud call of the male.
    General husbandry and breeding is very similar to that of tokays, but not all pairs do well with each other and some specimens have a tendency to eat their offspring. Introducing a male and a female to each other often works well, but sometimes can be a disaster with normally the female being the dangerous part.
    My first breeder female killed two large males and in the end got along well with a (when introduced) semiadult very small male. Together with him, she had lots of babies.
    Hope that helps

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